July 2009

  1. Feature: Put Your Money Where Your Art Is…

    Wednesday 15 July 2009

    *Future Britain: Arts Leading the Way a conference organized by the National Campaign for the Arts took place at Tate Britain in June. Libby Costello reports…* An encouraging number of dance organisations … Continue Reading

  2. Royal Ballet School at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Gerald Dowler, Financial Times, Tuesday 14 July 2009Performance Jul 09

    ‘After a few years of somewhat lacklustre programming, Royal Ballet School director Gailene Stock pulled out the stops and scheduled Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. No better advertisement for her graduating students can be made than to showcase them in a maste… 

  3. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at The Lowry, Salford

    Press Review Allen Robertson, Times, Tuesday 14 July 2009Performance Jul 09. Coming to Sadler's Wells Dec 09

    ‘Salford audiences were lucky to see him sail through two of his finest roles: Jerome Robbins’s Afternoon of a Faun and George Balanchine’s Apollo. Acosta has long since illustrated that he is one of this generation’s finest Apollos.’  

  4. News: Carlos takes the Royal Ballet home

    Monday 13 July 2009

    The Royal Ballet is performing in Cuba this week. From 14 to 16 July, they present a Mixed Programme featuring Wayne McGregor’s *Chroma* _and*Frederick Ashton’s _A Month in the Country* at the Gran T… Continue Reading

  5. News: Body language

    Monday 13 July 2009

    Damian Woetzel, ex-principal dancer of New York City Ballet gave a demonstration/lecture on Greatness in Art at the Holland Festival. Read a report in the Telegraph, 9 Jul 09 Continue Reading

  6. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at The Lowry, Salford

    Press Review Lynne Walker, Independent, Monday 13 July 2009Performance Jul 09. Coming to Sadler's Wells Dec 09

    ‘Alongside him on stage, he has a remarkably pliant partner in Natalie Clein, giving exquisitely characterful voice to four movements – from dark to comic, sensual to poignant – drawn from Bach’s solo cello suites. In a string of seamless movement… 

  7. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at The Lowry, Salford

    Press Review Sarah Crompton, Telegraph, Monday 13 July 2009Performance Jul 09. Coming to Sadler's Wells Dec 09

    ‘On his second visit to the Manchester International Festival, Carlos Acosta presents a bill of rich and thoughtful work, performed with four dancers from English National Ballet. But there is not quite enough of it, and it’s in the wrong order.’  

  8. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at The Lowry, Salford

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 13 July 2009Performance Jul 09. Coming to Sadler's Wells Dec 09

    ‘the evening’s most intense rapport is that between Acosta and the cellist Natalie Clein, who provides the onstage accompaniment to Jerome Robbins’s A Suite of Dances. Created in 1994 for Mikhail Baryshnikov, the work is a danced response to four moveme… 

  9. Carlos Acosta in Apollo and other works at The Lowry, Salford

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Monday 13 July 2009Performance Jul 09. Coming to Sadler's Wells Dec 09

    ‘His latest venture, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic and with guests from English National Ballet, has no show-off displays at all. Instead, it lets Acosta shine in the light of some of the 20th-century’s most refined classical choreography.’  

  10. Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 13 July 2009Performance 7 - 19 July 09

    ‘On the surface, the piece bears some resemblance to Bourne’s best work. It updates a classic narrative to shed light on contemporary mores; it switches the gender of key characters in interesting ways; it’s design-led and visually witty, and peppered w… 

  11. Arlene Phillips

    News: Strictly Adieu Arlene

    Thursday 9 July 2009

    Choreographer Arlene Phillips (66) is being replaced by the singer Alesha Dixon (30) as a judge on the panel of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing programme. Dixon, who was a popular winner of the 2007 series… Continue Reading

  12. News: Strictly Come Ballet Dancing

    Wednesday 8 July 2009

    “Everybody knows that ballet is hugely physically exacting,” says Diane van Schoor, White Lodge’s head of ballet, “but it’s also a fantastic discipline for the mind. It all depends… Continue Reading

  13. News: The Power of an All-male Duet

    Wednesday 8 July 2009

    “There’s a power struggle when two men are dancing together – a manly energy on stage. It feels more of a strain, dancing with a man rather than a woman, what with the lifting.” says Ric… Continue Reading

  14. Adam Cooper in 'Shall We Dance'

    News: The Dancing King

    Wednesday 8 July 2009

    Choreographer, producer and star of the show – Adam Cooper talks about his new show Shall We Dance – based on the music of Richard Rodgers… “Here I’ve got no excuse. It’s all … Continue Reading

  15. Arcola Theatre in Adventures in Motion at Arcola Theatre

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 8 July 2009Performance 6 Jul - 2 Aug 09

    “Despite this small reward, you came away feeling that there aren’t hordes of choreographers banging on Arcola’s doors because the current system has missed their talent or won’t let them in.”  

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